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The 228 Legacy Paperback – July 25, 2013
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"While relationships lie at the core of this light, enjoyable read, some weightier issues of history and identity make it stand out. This book would make a great beach read and is appropriate for the Young Adult reader as well as for adults." --B. Morrison, award-winning author of Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother
"Chow neatly weaves the lives of her characters... The story was interesting and a good read." --Laurel Mountain Post
"I was from a family of 228 victims, and I can identify with the feelings of Silk. A highly recommended book." --Wencheng Lin, president of the Pacific Times and past president of Taiwanese American Pen Club
"Chow's The 228 Legacy explores traumatic events such as the 228 massacre of 1947 in Taiwan not through historical fiction but through the imprint these events now leave in America, generations later. The effect is both subtle and beautiful." --Anna Wu, TaiwaneseAmerican.org
About the Author
Jennifer J. Chow, a Chinese-American, married into the Taiwanese culture. The 228 Legacy was inspired by the family stories she heard after viewing photos of a two-million-person human chain commemorating 228. She has traveled multiple times to Taiwan and visited places dedicated to the incident. Her experience with the elderly comes from a gerontology specialization at Cornell University and her geriatric social work experience. Visit Jennifer online at www.jenniferjchow.com to learn more about her work.
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The book is more introspective than action-oriented, and as such, invokes many emotions in the reader. It's easy to identify with Silk who has trouble moving on from her tragic past, or with Lisa who struggles to find herself after growing up without any knowledge of her father and in many ways raising herself, or with young Abbey who's trying to navigate the world of peer pressure and cruel classmates. An added bonus is a weaving in of the details of the 228 massacre of 1947 in Taiwan, an event many readers likely know little about. All in all, an enjoyable read.
This novel paints a touching picture of the human condition as it pertains to family relationships and opportunities for redemption. That's not to say that it's all sunshine and rainbows; in fact, the very title alludes to the not-well-known, horrific events referred to as the 228 massacre. I appreciated how the author chose to indirectly weave these events into her novel because--for a period which seems to have been such a terror for those living through it--we as readers are not forced to be tortured by this same trauma; rather we're given a window to glimpse how this and other difficult situations in this world can both grip us and change us from within. In reading this novel, I was taken on a journey where life and time seemed to have been lost, but yet came away feeling that it is never too late for hope and healing to be found.
I also enjoy the perspective that the author, Jennifer Chow, writes with; finding delight in how she details the world in distinctive and beautiful ways that we don't normally see.
..... "They get off to stand around the car painted with dragons and inscribed with good luck characters. A makeshift stage borders one side of the vehicle, where intricate puppets dance in rhythm to the songs. Each figurine appears painted with sharp features and rouged cheeks. The dolls wear elaborate headdresses with tassels and beads. Abbey can't understand the music, but she likes the flashes of bright colors and the way the puppets swirl to the heady tunes. She claps until her hands hurt at the end of the show and sees the same reddened hands on the girl next to her." .....
And this perspective extends more broadly beyond writing style, bleeding into the very substance of the content. Her novel, the 228 Legacy, really spoke to me in how it highlights overlooked people in a distinctive and beautiful way; we are invited to care for characters who, in our own lives, would not otherwise get a second glance.
I'm glad to find this novel in recent news articles since Jennifer Chow is a debut author and this book was just released. It is an entertaining, uplifting, and significant story that is definitely worthwhile to read.
The book dealt with serious themes of losing a spouse, dealing with cancer, and trying to fit in at school, but it was written in a light style that made it accessible. Often, Asian American fiction can be very heavy, dark, and intense. I really liked how each character came to find something positive to get into that helped turn their lives around. The overall message of the book was quite uplifting.
I learned about Taiwanese history, but also appreciated how the issues that the characters dealt with crossed color lines.
Things happen quickly in the book. With its short chapters and fast pace, I found it hard to put down! This is a great first novel and I look forward to reading more by this author.